a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful
"he was helpless under the reign of his egotism"
the period during which a monarch is sovereign
"during the reign of Henry VIII"
royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
have sovereign power
"Henry VIII reigned for a long time"
predominate, dominate, rule, reign, prevail(verb)
be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
"Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
The exercise of sovereign power.
England prosperred under Elizabeth's reign.
The period during which a monarch rules.
The reign of Victoria was a long one.
To exercise sovereign power, or to rule as a monarch
He reigned in an autocratic manner.
Origin: regnen < and regner, from the verb regno, and the noun regnum
royal authority; supreme power; sovereignty; rule; dominion
the territory or sphere which is reigned over; kingdom; empire; realm; dominion
the time during which a king, queen, or emperor possesses the supreme authority; as, it happened in the reign of Elizabeth
to possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor;; to hold supreme power; to rule
hence, to be predominant; to prevail
to have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule
Origin: [OE. regne, OF. reigne, regne, F. rgne, fr. L. regnum, fr. rex, regis, a king, fr. regere to guide, rule. See Regal, Regimen.]
A reign is the period of a person's or dynasty's occupation of the office of monarch of a nation or of a people or of a spiritual community. In most hereditary monarchies and some elective monarchies there have been no limits on the duration of a sovereign's reign or incumbency, nor is there a term of office. Thus, a reign usually lasts until the monarch dies, unless the monarchy itself is abolished or the monarch abdicates or is deposed. In elective monarchies, there may be a fixed period of time for the duration of the monarch's tenure in office. The term of a reign can be indicated with the abbreviation "r." after a sovereign's name, such as the following:
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rān, n. rule: dominion, as Reign of Terror: royal authority: supreme power: influence: time during which a sovereign rules.—v.i. to rule: to have sovereign power: to be predominant. [Fr. règne—L. regnum—regĕre, to rule.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'reign' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4816
Rank popularity for the word 'reign' in Nouns Frequency: #1986
niger, Niger, renig
The numerical value of reign in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of reign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
These countries cannot sit by idly when these terrorists have free reign in this area.
Here at lastWe shall be freethe Almighty hath not builtHere for his envy, will not drive us henceHere we may reign secure, and in my choiceTo reign is worth ambition though in HellBetter to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.
Visitors for the first time this year get to walk through the grand entrance, just as popes and presidents, astronauts, footballers, invited guests of the queen and other members of the royal family have done over the queen's reign.
Corporations have been enthroned .... An era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people... until wealth is aggregated in a few hands ... and the Republic is destroyed.
He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.
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- regnat, regnarCatalan, Valencian
- vláda, vládnoutCzech
- Regentschaft, Herrschaft, herrschen, regierenGerman
- reinar, reinadoSpanish
- hallituskausi, valta-aika, hallitaFinnish
- règne, régnerFrench
- uralom, uralkodikHungarian
- فهرمان ڕهوایهتیKurdish
- troon, heerschappij, regering, regeren, heerschap, bestuurDutch
- maktutøvelse, regjere, regjeringstidNorwegian
- reinado, reinarPortuguese
- верховная власть, править, правление, царствование, царствоватьRussian
- vladavina, vladatiSlovene
- regering, härska, regeringstid, regeraSwedish
- triều đạiVietnamese
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